On Tuesday the Senate, including several spineless Republicans, passed an infrastructure bill that is filled to the brim with provisions that specifically discriminate against white men, showing preference to minorities and women.
Americans are eager to invest in infrastructure, such as bridges, roads, broadband, and green technologies. This racist bill, on the other hand, locates and distributes jobs and contracts projects based on race rather than merit. Minority-owned businesses and communities have a leg up on the competition. You’re a low priority if you’re white.
Grants to build solar or wind technology and create jobs in places devastated by coal mine closures or coal-fired power plants are included in the measure. The hitch is that when contractors bid, minority-owned businesses will be chosen first, according to the measure. White contractors and displaced coal miners, who are overwhelmingly white and in need of work, have bad news. (Section 40209 of the Code of Federal Regulations)
The same may be said for the bill’s recommendations to improve city traffic patterns. Contractors and subcontractors who are owned by minorities or women are given first priority. Take a walk, white male business owners. (Section 11509 of the Code of Federal Regulations)
The United States of America should be upset. But it’s not surprising. After all, President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed in March, included a discriminatory system against whites. It gave Black farmers loan relief but not white farmers. Another clause provided billions in aid to minority- and women-owned eateries, but it informed struggling white male restaurant owners that they would have to wait in line.
The inequity was clear. The anti-white measures were challenged in court by white male farmers and restaurant owners, who claimed they were unconstitutional. So far, they’ve been victorious. The race-based programs in the American Rescue Plan Act have been blocked in every case until the challengers have had their day in court. According to Politico, Biden’s Justice Department may give up on the Black farmer debt relief cases without a fight because the law isn’t on their side.
Democrats and the Biden White House, you’d think, would get the message. Instead, they’re doubling down on rigging laws and dividing taxpayer funds to favor blacks while ignoring whites.
Rep. Yvette Clarke claims that “our infrastructure is racist” and urges Congress to implement legislation that “puts the needs of underserved and disadvantaged communities at the fore.”
That’s code, of course, for “minority groups”. But the truth is that there are a plethora of impoverished white people in this country, and a strong government infrastructure plan could assist poor, largely white regions as well. There should be no distinction made based on race or ethnicity. Regardless of ethnicity, locate the projects and distribute the funding where the greatest economic need exists.
West Virginia has the nation’s lowest average income and ranks 46th in terms of internet connectivity. Maine is ranked 36th in terms of income and 34th in terms of internet access out of 50 states. Federal broadband assistance could be extremely beneficial to residents in these states. But there’s a snag: Instead of assessing economic need and existing broadband capacity, the infrastructure plan favors states with large minority and non-English speaking populations (Sections 60304 and 60305). Maine and West Virginia will receive less because they are 94 percent white.
According to polls, Americans prefer to repair roads, bridges, tunnels, and airports. They understand that excellent infrastructure is beneficial to economic progress. What they’ve been kept in the dark about in Sen. Chuck Schumer’s bill’s fine language. Under the pretense of improving the country, the bill disproportionately benefits Black and Brown Americans while treating white Americans as second-class citizens.